Integral equation for scattering of light by a strong magnetostatic field in vacuum

Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Tom G. MacKay

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When a strong magnetostatic field is present, vacuum effectively appears as a linear, uniaxial, dielectric-magnetic medium for small-magnitude optical fields. The availability of the frequency-domain dyadic Green function when the magnetostatic field is spatially uniform facilitates the formulation of an integral equation for the scattering of an optical field by a spatially varying magnetostatic field in vacuum. This integral equation can be numerically treated by using the method of moments as well as the coupled dipole method. Furthermore, the principle underlying the strong-property-fluctuation theory allows the homogenization of a spatially varying magnetostatic field in the context of light scattering.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-354
Number of pages14
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 2007


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Radiation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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